Microsoft Touch Mouse Reviews

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Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse

  • Comfortable but stylish design
  • Features BlueTrack Technology and works virtually on just about any surface
  • Connect wirelessly through the USB Nano transceiver for a 10-foot range

Windows 8 offers even more ways to customize your Touch Mouse, with a new set of gesture setting options. Enjoy the exclusive natural, fluid, and intuitive multitouch gestures made for Windows 8 or Windows 7. Get the best of both worlds—the control and precision of a conventional mouse, blended with the fluid movement available in touch technology.

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Originally posted 2015-11-25 12:56:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  1. 379 of 425 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A Little Clunky, August 3, 2011
    By 
    Wing (USA) –

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    The Touch Mouse looks to be Microsoft’s answer to the Apple Magic Mouse. I have both Windows and Mac computers and use the Magic Mouse on a daily basis, and was anxious to see how the Touch Mouse would compare.

    The upper surface of the Touch Mouse is a touch-sensitive area that allows you to perform mouse functions by sliding and swiping your finger rather than pressing buttons or spinning a mouse wheel. Only the basic left and right click require you to physically press down on the mouse; everything else is controlled with the touch of your finger.

    One of the basic and most-used functions is sliding your finger up and down to scroll vertically through a Web page or other document. Unfortunately the Touch Mouse is a little clunky here. Moving your finger does not seem to register right away; I have to slide my finger about 1/2″ before the page actually starts scrolling. Even when the page does start scrolling it doesn’t feel as fluid and precise as with a regular mouse wheel. The Apple Magic Mouse is smooth as silk when it comes to scrolling; the Touch Mouse needs some work.

    Moving forward and back through Web pages (the equivalent of clicking the forward and back buttons in your browser) is usually handled by side buttons on a regular mouse, but to do this with the Touch Mouse you swipe your thumb back and forth. This works perfectly and I LOVE this particular function of the Touch Mouse. This function is configurable to use the left or right thumb, so lefties should have no trouble with this mouse.

    There are other touch gestures that let you arrange windows (via a two-finger swipe) and bring up the Windows Instant Viewer (via a three-finger swipe). However, these functions are not configurable. You can turn them on or off, but you can’t assign them to some other function. The only functions that are configurable are the left and right mouse click. Also, there is no way to middle-click with this mouse (unless you want to re-assign the right click to middle click).

    Like the Apple Magic Mouse, when you “click” the whole body of the mouse moves. The Touch Mouse’s click is stiffer than I would like it to be. Since I use a computer so much and am concerned about repetitive strain injuries, this may be a deal-breaker for me.

    I like that the Touch Mouse is contoured to fit your hand like a regular mouse. My glossy wood grain desk has given some mouses problems in the past, but the Touch Mouse tracks perfectly without a mouse pad.

    I really love the idea of being able to use the touch surface to control mouse functions, but the clunky scrolling performance, stiff clicking, and lack of configuration options mean I’m probably going to return this mouse and go back to my “old fashioned” optical mouse.

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  2. 135 of 150 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very pleased, but think about how you use a mouse., August 17, 2011
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    M. Seefeldt “SpyderTech02” (Twin Cities, MN) –

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    I (like many others) have been waiting for the release of this mouse. I go through about 1 mouse a year since the micro-switches for the left-click stop debouncing correctly. After 3 different Logitech mice, I decided to start looking for a mouse in February. I bought the Magic Mouse and started using it with Windows 7. Disappointed that Apple didn’t make it work better with Windows…they could have made some great money there since it’s a really nice product. I returned it and saw that Microsoft was coming out with a mouse. I decided to wait for it and just use a cheap corded mouse for several months. (I hate cords on mice)

    I got the mouse last night and brought it into work this morning. Opened it and hooked it up. It installs very easily, has a little tutorial that allows you to play with the touch functionality as well. After using it for a couple of hours, I’ve found that it does take a little getting used to. Some of the touch functionality has to be done correctly to get it to work.
    – Right clicking. You can’t have both fingers touching the mouse at the same time, because it doesn’t know which one to use (left or right). You have to lift your left finger slightly when right-clicking. I actually saw someone else’s post about this as well and thought about how I use a mouse before buying the mouse. I naturally do this, so it wasn’t a big adjustment for me.
    – Scrolling. You can scroll with any finger. I’m used to using the scroll wheel in the middle. After playing around with the touch, I found that it actually scrolls better if I just use my index finger in the same location as where I left-click. It seems to respond better in that area of the touch surface.
    – Thumb flick (forward/back). Very intuitive and I haven’t had any issues with it. One other observation is that Microsoft added “touch trails” to the cursor (enabled in the Microsoft Mouse software by default). So, when you swipe forward, then a little blue indicator appears next to your mouse cursor and indicates this motion. The touch trails also display with some of the other touch movements (not scrolling though).

    I do wish Microsoft allowed more customization of the movements. It hits all of the main functionality, but would just be nice to tweak some to my common tasks. Hopefully they do that in future releases of the software.

    So far, I’m very pleased with the mouse, but caution people to think about how they use a mouse. Read the reviews about some of the quirks of the touch movements to see if it’s natural for you. If you can’t handle picking up your index finger when right-clicking, then this is probably not the mouse for you.

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  3. 21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good first for hardware, but the software needs some work, August 18, 2011
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    Grant (Chicago) –

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    I’ve been mostly pleased with the new Touch Mouse itself, although the accompanying Intellipoint software (which is required for full functionality) still needs some work.

    First of all, as a plain old mouse it works just fine. Tracking is great; it feels good in the hand – much better than the Magic Mouse if the comparison has to be made. The fact that the entire top is one solid piece which moves when clicked took a little while to get used to, but after a few hours I barely noticed it. I still occasionally have issues right-clicking – I think my hand is wandering towards the center, and as there’s not a discrete button I can’t tell exactly where I’m clicking. I expect this won’t be a problem for long, although someone with small hands might find it more of an issue. I’ve also ran my mouse up to my headphone cable a few times, which fits so perfectly between the bottom of the button and the top of my desk that I can’t click at all. Guess I need to keep a neater workspace!

    I don’t think the much-maligned scrolling is as bad as some have made it out to be, although it’s definitely not perfect. I’ve been playing with the scroll speed setting a lot, and still haven’t found a spot that’s just right for me. There is a way to identify applications that don’t scroll well and have Intellipoint “help them scroll”, but I haven’t been able to tell exactly what this setting does, and it hasn’t made anything noticeably better. For some other mouse functions (well, just left and right click really) Intellipoint offers program-specific settings. So you could reprogram the right-click button to double-click or zoom or whatever, but it would only take effect in a Outlook, for example. If the same thing could be done with scroll-speed, I think that’d go a long way to solving the problem. If I could set Firefox to speed 5 and Excel to speed 3, I’d be all set. Also, for some goofy reason, Microsoft decided to cover the nice, flat, smooth black mouse with little printed-on X’s and dots. I suppose it makes it look cooler or something, and I think the area they cover corresponds to the touch sensor underneath, but they are also slightly raised. Have you ever heard of a touch surface intentionally made bumpy? Apple’s gone so far as to replace their plastic surface with glass to reduce wear and friction. Microsoft puts speedbumps on theirs. Fortunately, 30 seconds with a very fine nail file took care of the problem and didn’t really scratch up the surface. The X’s and dots are still nice and pretty, they’re just flat now.

    There is no middle click. This might bother me if anyone still made a mouse with a real middle button. I accepted the death of the true middle button when the scroll wheel was born, because I haven’t found a decently clickable wheel yet. Lots of people feel differently, so this might be a dealbreaker. It does seem like a pretty big oversight…

    Now my biggest issue, which I touched on earlier. Intellipoint is just not very good. Mostly it’s simply the lack of features that bothers me. With other MS mice, all the buttons are reprogrammable. With this one, none of the touch gestures are. Two-Fingers-Up to maximize is great, but I wish Two-Down would just minimize instead of restore – who uses that? I should be able to change this. I should be able to reassign touch gestures to different commands. For that matter, I should be able to reassign touch gestures on a per-application basis, like I can with the two clicky buttons. For you other nerds out there, I’ve tried AutoHotKey, EventGhost, and plain old key-remapping in the registry – nothing has worked so far.

    Oh, I almost forgot the worst part of Intellipoint. It doesn’t play nice with UAC. For those of you who forgot what UAC was a minute after you turned it off, it’s the security feature that says something like, “This application requires admin rights to run – click OK to continue”. I turn it off at home too, but that’s not an option here in the office. This might get a little geeky, but basically when an application requests and is granted elevated rights, Intellipoint can’t talk to it. Meaning no gestures – including plain old scrolling. All you get is mouse movement and the two clicks. The way around this is to launch Intellipoint as an admin (shift-right-click on the Microsoft Mouse start menu item and select Run As Administrator.) But of course you want Intellipoint to start up automatically when the system is started (by default it’s in the HKLM Run key.) So I deleted it from there, created a new shortcut using the Task Scheduler UAC trick (google it) and stuck that in the Startup group.

    Oh and if you’re used to touch gestures on a Mac, be prepared for some irritation. I’ve been trying to scroll with two fingers all day, which just resulted in my windows being either snapped to the side or maximized/minimized. Instead of the thumb swipe the Touch…

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